Pakistani Christian activist urges government to facilitate working class

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1999

Pakistani Christian activist Joshua Lahro has urged the government to ensure safety and insurance of the working class; followed by reprehensible misconduct of a doctor in Umerkot’s Civil Hospital where a Christian sweeper lost his life because a doctor refused to attend him. Doctor’s negligence resulted in death of Irfan Masih, who was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state.

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In keeping with Pervaiz Masih brother of deceased: “Dr Yousuf said he would not touch Irfan’s dirty body until it was cleaned because he was fasting.” Pervaiz Masih told the media that he cleaned Irfan’s body, after which an oxygen pump was sent for Irfan, but that was empty.

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He detailed that his brother was brought to the hospital as soon as he could but still he could not survive only because of negligence of the doctor. Irfan Masih fell unconscious after he inhaled poisonous gases locked inside a manhole. Irfan had dived down to clean a manhole.

Joshua Lahro has expressed serious concerns regarding the safety of the laborers. In the context of the recent incident where a Christian sweeper was denied medical attention by a doctor who was fasting and refused to touch his unclean body; the activist said that government must take efficacious steps in order to safeguard rights of the working class.

Joshua Lahro urged the government to provide the laborers with basic first aid training. He said that the laborers must be provided with precautionary equipment so that they may be able to cope with emergency situation. He said that workers with improper precautionary equipment must not be allowed to work.

Furthermore, he said that the workers must be provided with insurance policies so that their medical expenses are met with without any nuisance. Every worker must be obliged to visit a doctor twice a year for a thorough check up. In case of any unpleasant incident, the supervising officer at the hospital must be held accountable for the mistreatment with the patient.